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Doctor accused of working while drunk suspended in Kentucky

A doctor who raised concerns that he might have been drunk while working at a Kentucky hospital has been suspended by the state’s medical licensing board, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported.

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The Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure released an emergency suspension order against Thomas Paul Splan on Friday, the newspaper reported.

Splan lives in Virginia, but was working temporarily at the Appalachian Regional Healthcare hospital in Hazard on April 6 when the incident allegedly happened, according to the suspension order.

According to a complaint filed with the board, a hospital administrator received a telephone call from staff members, who said they were concerned that Splan was impaired.

The staff members said Splan’s eyes were red, he could barely stand and he fell asleep in mid-conversation, WYMT reported. A test showed Splan's blood alcohol level was .187 percent, authorities told the television station. The legal limit in Kentucky is .08 percent.

During an evaluation at a facility in Virginia, Splan, whose specialty is internal medicine, said he’d been treated for alcohol dependence, the Herald-Leader reported. Splan said he had been sober since Feb. 23, 2011, before drinking alcohol on a flight from Richmond, Virginia, to Lexington on March 31, according to the emergency order.

Splan said he began working the Hazard hospital on April 2. According to the suspension order, Splan would work from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. and then return to his motel, where he would drink, the Herald-Leader reported.

According to the suspension order, Splan said he drank nearly a fifth of alcohol every day, stopping about midnight before his shift early on April 6. He said he felt tired and “fairly hung over” that morning but did not feel intoxicated, the newspaper reported.

Hospital officials fired Splan, the Herald-Leader reported.

Splan told the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure that he has not had a drink since April 6 and has had no issues in the Virginia hospital where he works, WYMT reported.

Arizona man rescued after falling into 100-foot mine

An Arizona man who fell into a 100-foot mine Monday was rescued after a 48-hour ordeal that saw him break both of his legs and kill three rattlesnakes, KNXV reported.

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Crews from the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office rescued John Waddell, 62, on Wednesday, KSAZ reported. Waddell went 48 hours without food or water and was airlifted to a hospital, authorities said.

“He’s got both artificial knees. One of them is messed up,” Waddell’s friend, Terry Shrader, told KNXV.

After the fall, Shrader said Waddell found himself trapped -- with several rattlesnakes surrounding him.

Because of a pact between the two men, Shrader was able to find Waddell when he went missing.

“He called me Monday and told me he was coming to the mine. And we always had a deal, if he is not back by Tuesday (to come check on him),” Shrader told KNXV. “As I pulled out my truck I could hear him hollering. 'Help, help!'”

Shrader quickly drove out of the desert to get help, the television station reported. It took six hours to extricate Waddell from the mine.

Waddell is in good condition Thursday night, hospital officials told KNXV

Southwest Airlines diverts flight after passenger's 'footsie' game

A Texas man is accused of “playing footsies” with a female passenger while on a Southwest Airlines flight this week, and then interfering with flight attendants when the woman changed her seat, causing the flight to be diverted, The Dallas Morning News reported.

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Justin Riley Brafford, 29, of Denton, faces a felony count of interference with a flight crew and a misdemeanor assault charge, the newspaper reported. He made an initial court appearance Wednesday in New Mexico and remains in federal custody.

According to a criminal complaint, Bradford boarded a flight from Los Angeles to Dallas on Tuesday and sat in a middle seat. The woman in the aisle seat alleged that Brafford put his arm on her leg as the plane was preparing for takeoff, the Morning News reported.

The woman leaned away from him and later told an FBI agent that Brafford began “playing footsies” with her. She asked an attendant if she could move to another seat, the newspaper reported.

However, Brafford confronted the woman in her new seat, and when the flight attendant spoke to him, he responded with obscenities and began yelling, according to the criminal complaint.

The flight attendant notified the pilot, who diverted the flight to Albuquerque, the Morning News reported. In an interview with authorities, Brafford said that he and the woman had been watching videos on her computer and that he thought she was flirting with him, according to the complaint. 

“The safety and comfort of everyone on board every operating aircraft is our highest concern," Southwest Airlines said in a statement.

Brafford faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine for interfering with the flight crew, the Morning News reported. The assault charge carries a penalty of up to a year in prison and a $100,000 fine.

Police: Virginia couple rode on moped with 5-month-old child wedged between them

A Virginia couple is accused of riding on a moped with their 5-month-old child wedged between them, WTVR reported.

Athena Colon, 24, and Cane Hartwick Jr., 26, of Spotsylvania County, were arrested and charged with two counts of felony child neglect, the television station reported.

Authorities said they began receiving multiple calls about 4:45 p.m. Wednesday from residents who reported a young child riding in unsafe conditions. Deputies caught up with the moped and the child was taken to a hospital to be treated for a severe rash. 

"Deputies discovered that (the couple’s) 5-month-old child had been positioned between them on the moped while traveling on the highway,” a Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office spokesman said

Investigators have not released any other information about the child, or whether he was released to other family members, WTVR reported.

Alabama woman finds stranger in home doing laundry, cooking meal

An Alabama woman was not feeling the love when a man allegedly broke into her house, did his laundry, took a bath, shaved and scrambled some eggs for a meal, WAAY reported.

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Tyler Love, 31, was charged with burglary by Limestone County authorities. 

“I can’t believe this happened,” homeowner Mary Royster told WAAY. “But it did. I mean, I cleaned up his mess. I threw away his underwear that was laying right there in my floor." 

>> Indiana couple finds drunk man sleeping on downstairs couch

Royster said she confronted Love on Tuesday when she found him in her home and asked him why he was there.

“He said, ‘Waiting on my clothes to dry,’” Royster told WAAY. “I said, ‘Well, who are you?’ He said, ‘I’m your grandson, don’t you know who I am?’ and I said, ‘No!’”

Royster said Love had gone into her kitchen to prepare a meal for himself, the television station reported.

“He went through my cabinets, found the toaster, a skillet, he scrambled eggs, made him a sandwich," Royster told WAAY. “He had taken a bath in my bathtub. He had shaved. I found a razor he got out of my cabinet. He brushed his teeth.”

Royster called police and Love was arrested. He is being held in the Limestone County Jail on a $10,000 bond, the television station reported.

“Kind of scary at first, after I went back outside and called the police," Royster told WAAY. "Sitting there, waiting on the officers to get here, was nerve-racking. But it was funny.”

UK woman who delayed chemo to give birth dies of cancer

A British woman who delayed chemotherapy so she could save her unborn baby’s life died Sunday after a nearly five-year battle with ovarian cancer, the Daily Mail reported.

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Gemma Nuttall, 29, of Lancashire, was diagnosed with the cancer in 2014, while she was 16 weeks pregnant, People reported, citing a GoFundMe page set up by the woman’s mother, Helen Sproates.

“It is with an utterly broken heart that I have to tell you all that my beautiful warrior lost her battle early this morning,” Sproates wrote on Facebook. “We fought so hard but we just couldn’t do it anymore — I am one very proud but devastated mum right now — Sleep tight Gemma — My world will never be the same again.”

Doctors gave Nuttall the option to terminate the pregnancy to receive chemotherapy for her tumor, but she decided to delay treatment until she gave birth to her daughter, Penelope by emergency C-section in March 2014, The Sun reported.

Penelope is now 4.

After the child was born, Nuttall underwent chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Doctors found cervical cancer and were able to remove the tumor, and Nuttall spent the next two years cancer-free, People reported. But in April 2016 she was diagnosed with cancer of the brain and lung, the magazine reported.

Actress Kate Winslet stepped in, and with the help of “Titanic” co-star Leonardo DiCaprio, auctioned three dinners with “Jack and Rose” and raised $1.35 million in early 2018.

Winslet said Nuttall’s death was “tragically sad” and called her “a beacon of strength,” the Daily Mail reported.

“My heart breaks for her mum and daughter,” Winslet told the newspaper.

Photographer seeks couple captured in marriage proposal shot 

A Michigan photographer took a breathtaking photo of a marriage proposal at Yosemite National Park last week. Now, he’s trying to find that couple and is asking for help on social media, WOOD-TV reported.

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Matthew Dippel of Grand Rapids was on a road trip in California with a friend and was hiking near Taft Point when he decided to stop and take pictures, WLIX reported. That’s when he saw the marriage proposal and quickly snapped a photograph.

"I looked at my camera right after to make sure that I actually got it and I was wowed. That's an incredible shot," Dippel told WOOD.

Dippel and his friend walked to Taft Point and tried to find the couple, but they had already left.

Dippel asked several people, but no one knew who they were, WLIX reported.

"I walked over there to go try to figure out who the couple was. I asked maybe 20-25 people and nobody knew who they were," Dippel told WOOD.

Dippel decided to post his shot on social media, hoping the couple could be identified. He has posted on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

"Honestly I'd like to give them just a big print of the photo because it's such an incredible moment,” Dippel told WOOD. "It's a very cherished moment that hopefully they can see this photo and be able to relive that moment on that cliff.”

Cancer-stricken toddler Brody Allen, who got an early Christmas, dies

A 2-year-old Ohio boy suffering from inoperable brain cancer, whose town and family gave him an early Christmas, died Friday morning, the Journal-News reported.

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Brody Allen passed away around 6 a.m. Friday, his father, Todd Allen, posted on Facebook

"This morning at 6 a.m. Brody passed quietly, and peacefully in the arms of his mother Shilo," Allen wrote. "He did not suffer. He was surrounded by his family and I have no doubt many angels. While our sadness is immeasurable and we will miss his smiling beautiful soul, we are also comforted in knowing that today our son has touched the face of God." 

Oncologists in Cincinnati told Brody’s parents in August that the toddler had less than two months to live. Doctors originally believed the boy had an ear infection, but it was something much worse as specialists discovered that Brody was born with an aggressive brain cancer that grew into four untreatable tumors, WCPO reported. 

Allen said his son’s cancer -- embryonal tumor with multilayered rosettes --- is so rare that only 300 other people have been diagnosed with the condition, WCPO reported.

In September, Brody’s family decided to bring the Christmas holidays to him, decorating their home with lights, candy canes and polar bears, the television station reported.

>> Ohio boy with inoperable brain cancer gets early Christmas

Hundreds of people in Brody’s hometown of Colerain Township staged a Christmas parade last month, WCPO reported.

Colerain Township officials on Friday set aside a location for well-wishers to leave memorials, the television station reported. All items left there will be given to the Allen family, police said.

"It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Brody Allen," Colerain Township said in a news release. "Brody captured our attention and love over the past few months as he and his family bravely battled the disease that has ultimately taken his life."

Donations can be made to the an official Brody Allen Gofundme pageWCPO reported.

Conor McGregor surprises Boston firefighters with World Series tickets, whiskey

After raking in around $50 million from his last bout with Khabib Nurmagomedov, notorious MMA fighter Conor McGregor decided to spread the love and this time 10 Boston firefighters lucked out.

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TMZ reported that McGregor wanted "to do something special to show his appreciation for the firefighters" so he took the opportunity after the Red Sox made it to the World Series to gift 10 Game 1 tickets to those who risk their lives every day.

On Friday, McGregor was seen personally delivering the tickets to the Back Bay Fire Station.

If World Series tickets to see the Red Sox play weren't enough, McGregor also gifted firefighters with his own, highly procured Proper No. Twelve whiskey

Before he left, The Notorious made sure to open up a bottle and toast to the Sox winning a title.

According to TMZ, Proper No. Twelve said they're donating $5 to first responders for every case of whiskey they sell, which ends up being up to $1 million each year.

There are 107 days until Super Bowl LIII: Is Atlanta prepared?

There are 107 days left before Mercedes-Benz Stadium hosts Super Bowl LIII, and massive preparations are ongoing in Atlanta.

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Atlanta Super Bowl Host Committee Chairman of Operations Brett Daniels is one of an army of local leaders who have spent more than two years preparing for the big game, which will be played Feb. 3.

The collaboration is unbelievable," Daniels said. "Every different scenario has been factored in. Everything you can imagine has been thought of."

At a media briefing Friday, Daniels announced specific downtown road closures. 

All of Andrew Young International Boulevard through the Georgia World Congress Center Campus will be closed to traffic for 10 days. 

On Saturday and Super Bowl Sunday, Northside Drive will be shut down between Ivan Allen Jr. and Martin Luther King Jr. boulevards. So will MLK and Mitchell streets from Northside Drive to Centennial Olympic Park Drive. 

MARTA trains will run 24/7 from Friday through Sunday. 

Jeffrey Parker, the CEO of MARTA, said the transit system expects some of the highest ridership the city has ever seen. 

“I’m not going to be on who’s going to win the game, but I’ll bet that it’ll be the highest ridership, transit ridership, of any Super Bowl, so we have a lot of work to do," Parker said. "But we’ve also done a lot of work in preparation.”

Jon Barker, the vice president of event operations with the National Football League, said he has high confidence that the city is prepared. 

“Without a doubt, (I have a) high level of confidence, especially with everything we’ve seen here, all the meetings that we’ve had, the years of planning that have gone into this," Barker said. "Yeah, confidence level is extraordinarily high for this Super Bowl.”

Public safety is also obviously a huge concern. 

Atlanta police Chief Erika Shields won't release too many specifics of her department’s public safety plan, but said people can expect a huge police presence on the Georgia World Congress Center Campus and expanding security perimeters as you get close to the Super Bowl itself. 

"We are in a good space," Shields said. "We are on point where we should be and it's good."

Shields said collaboration among the many organizations planning for the Super Bowl is essential. 

"There's a lot of nuances you have to consider and anticipate, which is why it's imperative that we have so many diverse people," Shields said. 

Daniels said there's always the unknown, but they are ready for it. 

“You have to rely on your teammates and know that you can count on them," Daniels said. "And when something does change and you get that curve ball, they're ready for it.”

"We’re ramping up to that place where we’re ready to execute," Shields said. "We want to play our game.”

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